THE DEADLY CYCLONE
Bedford, Indiana, Experiences the
Worst Storm in Its History.
The Track of the Storm Had a Clean Right of Way In Mississippi—Several Indiana Towns Badly Shaken Up—At Other Polnts. The Loss of life Appalling. CHICAGO, March 25.—A special to the Herald from Memphis says: The damage done by Thursday's cyclone In the Mississippi valley is enormous. While the loss of life is not as great as at first reported, the damage to property will reach 13,000,000. The telegraph wires are still demoralized, and reports are coming in slowly from the storm districts, and it will be several days before the full extent of the disaster will be known. The death list at 10 o'clock foots up eighteen, while the list of Injured will run up into the hundreds. The first heard of the cyclone was in northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas. It crossed the Mississippi a few miles above Greenville, devastating plantations, wrecking farm houses and uprooting giant forest trees. The path of the storm was about half a mile wide, and nothing was left standing in its track. The first fatality occurred at a point near Shaw's station, Miss., where the house of Drury Summerall, a prosperous and industrious colored farmer, was leveled to the ground, killing the entire family of nine persons. The cyclone passed through the suburbs of Shaw's and demolished several small stores, but no one was killed. The hurricane then changed its direction slightly, and traveled the right of way of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley railroad until it entered Cleveland, Miss., where the public school building, several houses and stores were razed to the ground. No fatalities occurred at Cleveland, but several people were struck by flying timbers and more or less injured. Leaving Cleveland the cyclone passed within a mile ol Clarksville, a town of 2,000 Inhabitants, and next struck Tunica, the county seat of Tunica county. Nearly every building in the place was wrecked. The new courthouse went down before the wind's fury. The colored school building was wrecked and over thirty children maimed. As the cyclone left Tunica it divided into two sections, one portion traveling in a northerly direction, while the other took a north-northwesterly course, and again crossed the Mississippi river into Arkansas, where it spread ruin through three counties. The towns of Crawfordsville and Vincent were nearly wiped off the face of the earth, and the storm then took a northeasterly course, reaching Kelly, Miss., about 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Here the greatest damage was done. Six people were killed outright and scores wounded. Not a building was left standing, the fragments being strewn over the country for miles. The damage to property In the vicinity of Kelly will reach $150,000. After leaving Kelly the cyclone passed into Tennessee, the next place to fall in its path being Spring Creek, a small town in Madison county, where several people were injured, but no one was killed.
Bedlord, Ind., Experience, the Worst Storm In Her History. BEDFORD, Ind., March 25.--The severest wind and rainstorm that ever struck this city swept over it from the southwest at 8 o'clock Thursday night, leaving ruin in its wake. Buildings were unroofed, out-buildings were torn down and trees uprooted. Several new brick buildings rocked like cradles, frightening the Inmates so badly that they ran pell-mell in the streets: Several cow and horses were killed or injured in East Bedford. The loss Is estimated at 130,000. The report from Alexandria is that the tornado struck that city about 9:30, damaging residences, business houses and destroying the Lippencott glass factory. The wind struck at the south end, crushing it down upon the machinery and employees. The damage will reach $50,000 to this factory alone. John Angle, Jr,, was Instantly killed. Frank McShaffery, Peter Hanlan, Ernest Frey, James Branham and some others whose names hare not yet been learned were very seriously injured. Three hundred and fifty men are thrown out of employment until the factory can be rebuilt Some of the injured men remained in the debris from the time of the storm until 8 o'clock yesterday morning. Decatur Daily Republican, The 3/25/1893
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